Archbishop Orani Tempesta held an Easter ceremony alone at the foot of the statue on Sunday as the churches were closed due to closure.
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Rio de Janeiro: The iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil was illuminated to honor health workers working in hospitals across the country in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
Archbishop Orani Tempesta held an Easter ceremony on Sunday alone at the foot of the statue, which is about 709 meters above sea level. reports Efe News.
Flags from countries affected by the coronavirus pandemic, including China, the United States, Spain, Italy and Brazil, were projected onto the 38-meter-high Christ the Redeemer.
Messages from children saying “Everything will be fine” were also displayed.
In the end, an image was projected onto the statue, which “dressed” the Christ in a doctor’s coat, a tribute to the health care workers who risked their own lives in the fight against COVID-19.
Words such as “thank you” and “hope”, which were written in several languages, were displayed on the statue together with “stay at home for us, for everyone. We are there together”.
A few hours before the Corcovado ceremony, Father Omar Raposo, Rector of the Shrine for Christ the Redeemer, blessed the people of Rio de Janeiro with a helicopter that flew over the city for an hour.
According to the latest official figures released on Sunday, the total number of COVID-19 cases in the country was 22,169 with 1,223 deaths.
With 2,855 infections and 170 deaths, Rio de Janeiro is one of the most affected.